No ON Prop 35 Susie Israel California Public Defenders Association





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Published on Aug 18, 2012

Public Defenders voice concerns about how any prosecution under Prop 35 will be a life sentence, additionally prop 35 prohibits introduction of evidence and both provisions will be subject to constitutional challenges at a cost to California voters. Concerns about the Concerns about expanding who will have to register as a sex offenders under Prop 35's expanded definition of who is traffickers. Prop 35 places additional burdens on registrants with no empirical evidence that doing so will help with enforcement or keep anybody safer. In fact, the evidence shows that by adding additional burdens, more people are less likely to able to comply and drop off the registry all together, allowing the real violent offenders to not become obscured from the non violent who will be required to register if prop 35 passes. Proponents of 35 misrepresented a study done in the Philippines funded by Bill and Melinda Gates which showed that education not enhanced criminalization and penalties. Finally, there are laws on the books already if prosecutors wish to address human trafficking cases by applying for federal grant money to do so. Also there are many enhancement laws already on the books that cover all parties in a crime. There for there is no need for Prop 35 because there are already tools available to address this issue.

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